#SHSHtravel: Thanksgiving in Amsterdam, Netherlands

We went to Amsterdam for a quick, in-and-out kind of vacation over Thanksgiving weekend. Ryo and I traveled with my brother and our friend Rob. When we got there, we met up with two other friends for a day.

The weekend was a cold, but we bundled up and wandered the city each day to take in the sites and eat all of the foods.


Our flight out of Boston was at 6pm on Wednesday. After a quick layover in Iceland, we arrived at our Amsterdam AirBnB a bit before noon on Thursday (Thanksgiving). We freshened up and got ready to head to lunch. Our lunch spot of choice was Fier. It was close to our AirBnB and we had heard great things on the interweb and from our AirBnB host. We all LOVED our meals. I ordered a salad with coddled egg and a cold glass of blonde ale.

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The boys got croque monsieur — cheesy meat-filled sammies. After lunch, we headed towards the center of the city.

Amsterdam is beautiful. I was memorized by canals lined with narrow facades. As we wandered around, I couldn’t help but daydream about Amsterdam in the spring.

travel, amsterdam

travel, amsterdam

On Thanksgiving night, we had tickets to an Ajax soccer game. I fought exhaustion by munching on a cone of french fries with mayo — a common treat found all over the city. After the game, we wandered back towards our Amsterdam West neighborhood for a very late dinner at happyhappyjoyjoy.


I loved waking up in that sunny Amsterdam AirBnB and making breakfast. The light was soft and the neighborhood was quiet.

travel, amsterdam

travel, amsterdam

On Friday, we spent the morning and afternoon exploring the city. Around lunchtime, we went to the Heineken Experience which was an experience for sure. After a couple hours there, we wandered around the corner to the Albert Cuyp Market for good eats. Ryo and I split a small order of poffertjes just because, then I enjoyed a olive/hummus pita as the boys at chicken sandwiches.

Bikes rule the road in Amsterdam.

After all of that walking around, we went back to the AirBnB to nap for an hour. On the docket that night was Vincent on Friday at the Van Gogh Museum. On Fridays, the museum is open late and has a DJ. An open film festival (Pluk de Nacht) happened to be showing  the new animation film ‘Loving Vincent’ — a fulled painted film.

I loved the Van Gogh. It was amazing to see all of his work in chronological order and learn more about one of my favorite artists. After leaving, I really had the urge to paint — and, still do! I should start traveling with watercolor and paint brushes.

After Van Gogh, we wandered around the museum area and then headed towards the city’s center for food and drinks. We ended the night at Club 8 — a local joint by our AirBnB with pool tables.


Saturday was our last full day. We slept in a bit and then headed out to do some shopping. We all wanted to get some gifts for folks at home and some clothes we spotted while window shopping the day before.travel, amsterdam

For snack, we sampled a ton of cheese and chocolate. After popping back to home base to drop off bags, we decided to get a pancake/crepe lunch at De Vier Pilaren. On the docket for the rest of the night was the brewery, Brouwerij ‘t IJ — famous being being at Amsterdam’s largest windmill, and dinner in that same east side neighborhood. We journeyed back to central for one last walk around (where the boys got waffles for dessert), then called it a night.

Ryo and I!

Our flight out of Amsterdam was on Sunday morning and we were back in Boston in time for Sunday dinner.

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